January Whole30…Here we go! I am SO excited to be starting this January Whole30! This will be my 7th round of Whole30. I can’t even believe that! I hope you are as excited about January Whole30 as I am.
If you follow along with my stories on Instagram then you know that I wasn’t planning on doing Whole30 this January because I just did one in September. Well, after talking with Brent, my husband, we decided to go ahead and do it. He didn’t do it with me in September so he is the one who suggested that we do it in January.
If this is your first time doing Whole30, then yay! Whole30 has changed my life, as cheesy as that sounds. It has changed the way that I look at how our food is made and what all goes into the food that we eat.
I wanted to share some of my favorite tips and staples with you so you feel prepared heading into your Whole30. And, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!
Tips and Staples
- Meal Prep/Plan
- Read Your Labels
- Don’t Over Think It
- Almond Flour
- Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch
- Coconut Aminos
- Paleo Powder Seasoning
- Meal Prep/Plan– Meal prepping and planning is huge when doing a Whole30. The first time I did Whole30 I went into it with no meals planned and bought so many groceries that went bad. Since everything you eat during Whole30 is fresh produce and meat, it goes bad fast. Plan out a few meals and use the leftovers for your other meals during the week. I also find that meal prepping breakfasts (stay tuned for a Whole30 Breakfast Casserole recipe that will be on the blog in January) and lunches are a huge help during the week. It makes it two fewer meals to think about. Also, I always have Whole30 compliant snacks in my purse when we have to go anywhere!
- Read Your Labels- Reading your labels is super important! You can tell by the first few ingredients if something is compliant or not. Sometimes you have to get a few ingredients in before you see something that isn’t compliant, so make sure you read the whole list! If you are ever not sure about an ingredient, Google it. I did that a lot during my first few Whole30’s. You can Google “is ____ Whole30?” and you will find your answer.
- Don’t Over Think It– This is something that I wish I could go back and tell myself when I was doing my first Whole30. I feel like everything seems so overwhelming at first. Just breath! Everything doesn’t have to be complicated. Your meals don’t have to be these elaborate hard meals. A few times during Whole30, I make some Applegate Hot Dogs and a side of sauerkraut. Sometimes the day gets the best of you and that’s the fastest and easiest thing to make, and that’s ok!
- Almond Flour– Almond Flour is a staple during my Whole30 because I use it in a lot of my cooking. It is the perfect way to make “fried chicken”! It’s also a great subsite for breadcrumbs when you are making meatballs, meatloaf, or crab cakes.
- Ghee– During Whole30 you can’t have any dairy, which means no butter. Ghee is clarified butter, which is Whole30 compliant. Clarified butter is processed to have the dairy solids removed so you are left with the pure fat. Ghee is pretty much all I use in my cooking. If I am sauteeing anything or cooking anything on the stovetop, then I use ghee. You can use olive oil or avocado oil but I prefer ghee because it adds a nice flavor. It can be found at any local grocery store in the aisle with the cooking oils. Unlike butter, it is stored in the pantry, not the refrigerator.
- Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch– I remember when I did my first Whole30 I would make homemade ranch. It was pretty good, but it’s so much nicer to just pour some ranch out of the bottle and that’s it. Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch is so freaking good! It is the only ranch I buy now and use it on everything. Who doesn’t love ranch?
- Coconut Aminos– I had no idea what coconut aminos were before doing a Whole30. Coconut aminos are the aged sap from the coconut blossom. Most people assume that it is going to taste like coconuts, but it doesn’t at all. It’s the perfect substitute for teriyaki or Asian sauce (when paired with some seasonings). It is also my go-to marinade for steaks and chicken (when paired with seasonings)
- Paleo Powder Seasoning– If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I use this seasoning on everything. Paleo Powder Seasoning is by far my favorite seasoning! I use it on meat, veggies, eggs, “fried” chicken, and in some of my recipes. You can find it at Whole Foods or possibly at your local grocery store. It is sold at my local grocery store in the seasoning aisle.
Whole30 Additive Cheat Sheet
If you have any questions about Whole30 don’t hesitate to ask. During January Whole30 I will be posting a lot of new recipes so be sure to sign up for my newsletter and follow along on Instagram!